What causes the bends in scuba divers?
Decompression sickness, also called generalized barotrauma or the bends, refers to injuries caused by a rapid decrease in the pressure that surrounds you, of either air or water. It occurs most commonly in scuba or deep-sea divers, although it also can occur during high-altitude or unpressurized air travel.
Is the bends painful?
Symptoms of the bends include: Joint pain: Gas bubbles can get stuck in joints and stretch ligaments and tendons in ways they shouldn’t. The result is a deep and throbbing pain that you feel inside your joint.
What are the bends while scuba diving?
The Bends is an illness that arises from the rapid release of nitrogen gas from the bloodstream and is caused by bubbles forming in the blood and other tissues when a diver ascends to the surface of the ocean too rapidly. It is also referred to as Caisson sickness, decompression sickness (DCS), and Divers’ Disease.